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Review Count: 25
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 5
Date of Stay: September, 2016 - $68.00
We were here for a week, unfortunately including Labor Day weekend. It was a madhouse; every square inch was covered with people. There were so many children on bicycles, it became a safety risk to walk the dogs. Awful! Then it cleared out and it was a quiet normal campground with tight, short, level spots. There is almost no grass, just dry dirt.There were several washers and dryers out of order in the laundry room. We had an overnight guest and they charged extra for her visit. We had someone come do some work in our RV for 1 1/2 hours and they charged us extra for that too. It is a convenient location, so I guess that is what you are paying for. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Motorhome.
Review Count: 7
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1
Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $60.00
We loved this place. This is a great place if you have children, great if you don't but you won't use a lot of the amenities. Petting zoo, climbing wall, bounce pillow, pool, hot tub, playground, arcade, extensive store (including local wines), an outside movie by the pool every evening and a pancake breakfast on the Sunday morning we were there. They have something going every week in the summer. We took the San Francisco tour which was awesome. The tour guide does a great job and takes you places you can't go to on the big buses and has great background having grown up there. We can't say enough good about this tour. All the staff we interacted with were friendly. The only thing that could be better is warmer, sunnier weather but they can't control that. We have already recommended this place to friends who have stayed there and liked it as well and we would definitely stay again. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Travel Trailer.
Be sure to have a jacket and sweater and dress in layers. When the fog comes in in the late afternoon, it gets cold until it burns off mid morning and then gets warm.
Review Count: 15
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 1
Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $80.00
The men's RR was constantly out of toilet paper and filthy. I usually use the handicapped facilities in campgrounds because of my needs; I could not use these because of the above mentioned issues. The ladies working in the office were very nice and trying very hard to handle all the issues coming from the customers. But, what are apparently supervisors were curt and rude and interrupted the workers, in front of us, to correct. Embarrassing them is not the way to supervise or train employees. It was uncomfortable for me to witness this. A premium site should be level enough to get your rig at some sort of useable angle, but they aren't. Although a night patrol was on duty, little was done about the noise until after 2:00am. For the prices charged, I expected a better quality, i.e. relative level site, laundry facilities working, clean site, quiet hours enforced. I'll dry camp at the Walmart before I stay here again. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Motorhome.
Review Count: 18
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 6
Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $80.00
One of the best things about the park is the van tour they offer to San Francisco. John was a fantastic guide to the city and it kept us from having the hassle of driving ourselves and parking a car. The sites were not quite level, so we had to use blocks, but the situation wasn't too bad. Another fine thing about the park are the redwoods throughout the park, along with other trees. If you have kids, the park is a destination in and of itself, with a large pool, trampoline, rock climbing, petting zoo, pool tables, video arcade, etc. Everything was clean and well-maintained. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Motorhome.
Take the San Fran van tour. Visit Armstrong Redwood Reserve to the north. And of course wander about the Sonoma wineries. Have an outstanding lunch at the girl and the fig in Sonoma--well worth it.
Review Count: 40
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 14
Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $67.00
This "kampground" is like an amusement park. There is so much to do, especially for kids. Kids where everywhere like flies, and I count my child among them. The pool is huge and very clean. The campgrounds are somewhat dry and plain - not exactly close, nor widely spaced - just middle of the road for this type of camp. I suppose it's difficult to maintain grass in California at this time. It was all brown and dusty. Our neighbors were very nice and friendly. The staff was friendly but also crazy busy. The office was a madhouse all day long. Utilities were fine - no problems. By 10pm, the campground was quiet every night. Only problem was some of the teens would walk through my campground. I would stay here again. Camping in the bay area is slim pickin's, so it's not like there is much else that is better nor cheaper - especially for a family. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Travel Trailer.
Review Count: 8
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0
Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $75.00
Facilities are nice. RV sites are beautiful and spacious with some privacy. We stayed in a corner lot, so we had a bench and firepit. The park is well off the freeway (little noise). Many trees, so satellite reception may be a problem. A great place for a family to stay -- lots of activities. For older couples or overnight stays, though, the park is over-priced and noisy -- can't recommend.
For the size of the crowd, the park was understaffed, so employees were overwhelmed (and as a result, under-caring). Responses to complaints were well-rehearsed. For example, when we checked in, we were told in advance not to bother complaining about the internet. Instead we were given a number to call (TengoInternet). Of course, wifi connection did indeed turn out to be a joke, and no one answered the phone number we were given.
The sites are unpaved and not close to being level. Our auto-levelers couldn't quite adjust -- bring your blocks.
Very convenient location for families looking for an escape from the Bay area. In the summer, get ready for a crowd. High prices. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Motorhome.
Review Count: 80
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 20
Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $77.00
We had reservations. Called ahead on move in day and were told to arrive about 1:00pm. Showed up 12:30 and staffer said wait 30 minutes. Came back in 45 & another staffer told us we could not check in until after 2:00. Not the most welcoming customer service we have encountered. Site #176 is paved but UNLEVEL! Auto level would not get it, had to use lots of blocks. Trees, power boxes, etc., make navigating through the park a challenge. (We are in a 40' MH.) Good luck finding a site with few enough redwoods to get satellite. Sewer hookups are non-uniform and high off the ground. The park is a great one for kids, numerous activities to wear 'em all out. Small bits of garbage and expended fireworks particularly in the play area, garbage on the floor of the men's room, and several of the few arcade games in the clubhouse were always out of order. And, as usual for KOA's, this one in particular is WAY WAY over priced. But, slim pickens in Sonoma County as in the rest of California. If not for our grandchild, we would never stay here. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Motorhome.
Review Count: 3
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0
Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $71.00
Worst KOA experience yet. Be prepared for cold, unhelpful, and inconsiderate customer service. We'd been having engine problems with our tow vehicle (for our 5th wheel) and arrived early in hopes of getting a spot so we could unhook and take the truck in for service. We were told by the staff that we arrived too early and check-in was at 2pm so we'd have to wait until then.
This place is crowded and the sites are extremely close together; the pool was packed with so many kids you couldn't get in. The bathrooms were not clean and kept up; the showers were filthy and it was obvious they weren't inspected and cleaned daily. The laundry room was decent, except for 3 of 6 dryers were broken, with signs on them that said "check back tomorrow" -- but no one ever came to repair them.
Check out is 11am. At 9am and still no truck, we talked to the staff to let them know of our problem and they coldly responded that we had until 2. At 2pm a staff member showed up in a truck and towed our trailer to the cow field below the KOA and charged us a $20 towing fee. Despite having no hookups in the cow field (but lots of cow manure) they told us we were no longer registered guests and therefore were not welcome to use their facilities any longer. We spent the night in the cow field and the next morning they warned us we had to be out by noon, or we'd be charged another night.
Awful treatment for such an expensive, crowded, and not well kept-up campground; and awful treatment of Active Duty military personnel. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Fifth Wheel.
Review Count: 59
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 13
Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $50.00
I'm going to be as fair as I can for a campground the guy in the next site called, "The Campground from Hell."
First, the positives: The bathrooms and showers weren't gross, just old and shabby. The staff weren't rude, just not very helpful.
On a negative note, just getting into the campground can be a chore due to a narrow, 2 lane driveway that new arrivals park on to register. If you're already registered, you drive on the opposite side of the drive and hope no one is going the other way. The narrow, tight sites had mixed full hookup, partial hookups, and tents in the same area. The guy in a tent site across from us ran his LOUD, ancient generator for most of the day and evening. Dog owners, per usual, let their dogs do their business on others' sites rather than the provided the dog run. The interior roads are narrow, tight and not well marked. Many units were rentals with first time or, at best, once per year campers totally oblivious to common campground etiquette. People regularly cut through our site. This is where grandparents take grandkids and allow them to wreak havoc, load them up with sugar and buy them a puppy before returning them to their parents as revenge. The WiFi was too anemic and throttled to be of any use. There were flies everywhere, probably from the cows next door. The dogs at the house next to the campground barked, howled and were out of control.
To be perfectly fair, kids between 6 to 10 love this place because everything is geared toward them. As a retirees with no grandkids, we would never stay here again. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Motorhome.
Review Count: 4
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0
Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $67.00
Convenient location for families looking for an escape from the Bay area (1 hour from San Francisco via 101). Clean facilities with grass/gravel RV sites which are tree covered, spacious with some privacy. The corner lots have a bench and firepit. The park is in a country area a few minutes from the freeway. A great place for a family to stay with lots of activities. Internet access is a bit slow, be prepared to bring your own device for mobile hotspot. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Travel Trailer.
Marin County is close to Napa and San Francisco, so take a day trip to explore these areas.
Review Count: 96
States Visited: 26
Helpful Reviews: 18
Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $65.00
A great family facility. There a large playground, a petting zoo, a large enclosed dog park. Sites are a little short (most tow vehicles stick out into the roads). A code is needed to get in. There's a well stocked camp store. The road to the park (not in the park) is a patchwork of potholes. The only real negative about the park is the WiFi (Tengo). It works OK (not great) when the park isn't full, but it is incredibly slow when there are lots of campers. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Fifth Wheel.
Review Count: 22
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 2
Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $64.00
We were here on an extended stay. I have reviewed this park numerous times and so will only dwell on new issues. Generally speaking, the showers were a mess. Often the same disgusting items remained in the same place in the shower for five or more days at a time, despite my bringing it to the attention of the folks in the office. There was always a reason why the showers remained unclean. The reason that stands out in my mind was that the supervisor was away on vacation. Seems to me that someone else should have been in put charge of the bathroom cleanliness during the supervisors absence! And besides, they were a mess longer then the supervisor was away. The handicap shower stall in the main shower room has standing water in it. There are mosquitoes on the wall, so one can imagine how much they might be enjoying that standing water as a breeding ground! My husband found the men's showers equally disgusting. Except for the cleanliness issue, and the premium price charged, this is quite a nice campground. We enjoyed our time spent there - - other than our morning showers. The staff are truly wonderful! The location is terrific for the San Francisco Bay area. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Motorhome.
Great little donut shop next to Orchard supply hardware!
Review Count: 33
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 1
Date of Stay: March, 2016 - $67.00
It is, of course, a stretch to include "San Francisco" in the name of this campground, when Fishermen's Wharf is 40 miles south through heavy traffic. (On the other hand, the San Francisco 49ers play in Levi's Stadium, which is a 50 miles distant from that same wharf, so there's that.) Those 40 miles, however, do not mean that the Petaluma KOA cannot get away with charging $67 a night for a standard pull-through.
I get that RV parks in greater metropolitan areas can command premium prices and, while I don't like it, I can accept those prices if they result in a premium experience. (See, e.g. San Diego Metro KOA in Chula Vista, CA.) In this KOA, those prices do not. The park is built on a hillside and the spaces are not terraced. Many are on a slopes steep enough to be beyond the capability of standard hydraulic levelers. The landscaping is a bit neglected, with weeds in the grassy areas. The "dog park" is ridiculously small. All in all, it is just not a premium place. Reinvestment of some of those premium fees in the infrastructure could make this campground a nicer place to stay.
On the plus side, It does have a very nice children's playground with lots of equipment that appeared to be in good condition and the spaces are of a decent width.
There are lots of trees, so it's shady in the summer, but there are not many spaces with clear satellite signals. Wi-fi is through Tengo and worked well. Be prepared for interrogation about your dog's ($3 extra) genetic makeup.
There are no good RV experiences in the San Francisco Bay Area, home to 7 of the 10 most expensive housing markets in the country. The few parks that exist tend to cram you in for exorbitant prices. The Petaluma KOA is more than a parking lot and a bit less expensive than parks closer in. As an overnight, it could be worse. As a base to explore San Francisco, however, it comes at the cost of an hour or more stuck in traffic. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Motorhome.
Golden Gate Transit offers bus service between Petaluma and various stops in San Francisco. Once in the City, it's very easy to get around on SF Muni and BART for reasonable prices. Public transportation, then, is a better, albeit slower, way to get to and explore San Francisco. The campground also offers in-season van tours of the City.
Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0
Date of Stay: March, 2016 - $55.00
Love the park but tight turns and low trees make this impossible for a 45' diesel pusher. Lot neighbors are nearby. Sites are covered/forested, gravel and feature a fire ring.
Can't beat the location. And just off 101 north of San Francisco. Nice pool, petting zoo. I wish we were smaller so we could come back. We are now too "big" at 45' at 13'1" tall. Too much risk now of scratches and damage unless they modified the park.
I miss this place. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Motorhome.
Review Count: 54
States Visited: 25
Helpful Reviews: 4
Date of Stay: November, 2015 - $46.00
This is a very large park with lots of cabins and facilities - sites are close together. Looks to be great for folks with kids: activities abound, e.g. K9 Kamp and petting zoo. Sites are up and down hills and might be an issue for larger rigs. In general, a nice park considering the location. We camped at San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA in a Motorhome.
The Korbel winery is beautiful and offers tastings at no charge. Take a side trip to Point Reyes National Seashore, Bodega Bay or Jenner to see whales, seals and beautiful beaches. The trip from Larkspur into San Francisco on the ferry was beautiful and only cost $5 for seniors.The Regans • April 2015
There is a fresh fruit stand close to the park, left on Stoney Point road about .5 miles.tomnnva • June 2015
The drive to Bodega Bay is lovely as it goes through ranchland. Give yourself plenty of time as the road is winding and goes up and down very large hills. The historic Washoe Inn is just down the road and has good food (bison burgers were yummy). Its been there since the 1850s and is a neighborhood bar & grill in atmosphere. Henny Penny is a locally owned & operated diner right on the road to the rv park. Has very good home style food and yummy deserts.Bookwormonwheels • November 2015
Golden Gate Transit offers bus service between Petaluma and various stops in San Francisco. Once in the City, it's very easy to get around on SF Muni and BART for reasonable prices. Public transportation, then, is a better, albeit slower, way to get to and explore San Francisco. The campground also offers in-season van tours of the City.Pawticket • May 2016
Great little donut shop next to Orchard supply hardware!Barnycat • May 2016
Take the San Fran van tour. Visit Armstrong Redwood Reserve to the north. And of course wander about the Sonoma wineries. Have an outstanding lunch at the girl and the fig in Sonoma--well worth it.Breeze On • July 2016
Be sure to have a jacket and sweater and dress in layers. When the fog comes in in the late afternoon, it gets cold until it burns off mid morning and then gets warm.Colorado Trio • August 2016
Marin County is close to Napa and San Francisco, so take a day trip to explore these areas.JohnnyCash • August 2016
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